Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Act II take place?

2. What reason is given for the first time Elyot struck Amanda during their marriage?

3. What starts the final fight between Amanda and Elyot in Act II?

4. In Act II, what does Amanda reveal to Elyot that first begins to upset him?

5. Why does Elyot tell Amanda to turn the gramophone off?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

2. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

3. How do Amanda and Elyot's feelings differ on the abandonment of Sibyl and Victor?

4. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

5. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

6. Why are Amanda and Elyot reluctant to discuss another marriage?

7. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

8. What are Amanda's beliefs?

9. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

10. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the world of this play, does it seem that love cannot exist without violence? How do violence and passion relate to each other or do they at all? Cite specific examples from the script to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

When Victor is questioning Amanda in Act III, she claims that she hates Elyot, though she is deeply attracted to him. Does Amanda truly hate Elyot? Can she hate him and have an attraction? How? Keep in mind how loving she and Elyot are to each other, including the fact that they make up and leave together at the end.

Essay Topic 3

Amanda and Elyot appear to be stuck in a never-ending cycle of love and hate. Is this tragic, comedic, or both? Why? Is it within the grasp of their character to be able to escape? Do you believe they want to escape? Why or why not?

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